July 2009 - Posts
With all of the products that I have used over the years, I have to say that along the way I have discovered added benefits, uses not indicated by the manufacturer that may be considered a little unusual but are really quite effective.
Are you fussy about shaving gel? I know I am. I often find that shaving gels don’t have enough slip or lubrication and don’t give me a close enough shave. One evening in the bath tub, I realized that I had forgotten to put my shaving gel out. Not wanting to slop water all over the floor, I decided to use my skyn ICELAND Glacial Facial Wash which was close by. While it’s too heavy for a daily cleanser on my oily skin, I love it when I have an occasional irritation. That evening I discovered it to be fabulous for shaving. The shea butter offers a really nice slip and the moisturizers left my legs silky smooth. The soothing ingredients also cut down on post shaving irritation. In fact, I think this works better than any shaving gel I have used. What a discovery!
So on to a problem that follows shaving. I’m talking about those dreaded razor bumps. Like many women, I tend to suffer from razor bumps on my bikini line. I’ve experimented with all kinds of products and have found some good ones but I’m always striving for something even better. One evening after shaving, I decided to try of all things Rx for Brown Skin Absolute Radiance Intensive Exfoliating Serum. Rx for Brown Skin was created by Dr. Susan Taylor and intended as a skin care solution for women of color. One might ask what on earth I was doing using this product as I am light skinned but it’s actually a great exfoliator for anyone and I have gotten nice results on my face. Razor bumps can often be prevented by keeping the skin exfoliated so I thought, what the heck? I slapped some on and continued to do so for the next couple of days. Guess what? No razor bumps! Does Dr. Taylor know about this?
I’m guessing that others of you have unusual uses for your beauty products so let’s hear it. Don’t keep your secrets to yourself. We’re all about sharing at Beauty Research!
Last week I went to spend a couple of nights with my good friends but I didn’t take my normal little overnight bag and train case. I took a little carry-on that I had in my closet just because it was the most convenient one to pack and take.
The first night there, I went to go grab my bag of trial sizes and samples out of my carry-on to wash my face and do my pm regimen. I love this bag of goodies (because I get to try new products every time) and it’s nice and light to travel with.
The first product I pulled out was a facial cleanser and figured I would try it thinking that it was pretty lucky to pull out a cleanser first. It was Dr. Brandt Lineless Foaming Cleanser.
Lineless Foaming Cleanser foams up when it activates with air. It has apple and tangerine leaf oil extracts, green and white tea, and grapeseed. It removes makeup brilliantly yet very gently. Your face is so clean and the best part of all is that the after-feel is out of this world. I loved it so much I just had to have more of the Dr. Brandt Lineless Line. I didn’t have much money so I went with the Dr. Brandt Lineless To Go kit. It was 55 bucks and I got to try 3 more fabulous Lineless products.
The kit came with the following:
Lineless Foaming Cleanser
Lineless Eye Cream
Lineless Cream (which by the way was Allure Magazine’s 2006 Best of Beauty-Best Moisturizer!)
And what ended up being my favorite Lineless product of all:
Lines No More (plumper and filler)
This little kit will make you a believer that you can indeed have “lines no more!”
When I first tried Jurlique, I was so impressed. This is truly a brand for the natural beauty who stays away from harsh chemicals but still wants effective products. Why should going natural mean giving up great results? Jurlique is also perfect for sensitive skin that often reacts to ingredients common in the world of skin care. I would describe Jurlique products as light, soothing and down-right heavenly. If you love the Jurlique like I do, these are your absolute must-haves:
Jurlique Calendula Cream – I can’t live without this cream during the summer. My skin tends to be a tad reactive because of the intense heat, sweat and sunlight. Calendula is a natural anti-irritant and it really soothes aggravated skin. If you have a mild sunburn, this will take the sting out and help your skin heal.
Jurlique Blemish Cream – While this is not the solution for severe acne, it works great to balance blemish-prone skin that can’t tolerate popular anti-acne ingredients like benzoyl peroxide. It also soothes irritation and redness rather than initiating the problem like so many other creams for blemish prone skin.
Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Day Cream – I would go so far as to call this cream a life saver for dry skin types since it really sticks with you, keeping your skin moisturized all day. It might feel a tad heavy at first but it does absorb after a couple of minutes and doesn’t feel greasy once it’s absorbed. It has a really nice natural herbal scent to boot.
Jurlique Beauty Eye Cream – I have not found a better natural eye cream than this. It’s incredibly rich and creamy but absorbs nicely. You can wear it under makeup with no problem and there is no scent to irritate the eyes.
Jurlique Rose Hand Cream – Did you know that the rose is a natural hydrator? The hand cream will save your hands during the dry seasons. Put it on right after you wash your hands and before going to bed. You’ll wake up with super soft skin.
I know there are more fabulous Jurlique products but these definitely top my list. For those of you who also love and use Jurlique, let me know what your favorites are.
Hey Guys…You want to sport a gorgeous, clean, smooth, fresh and cool bod? Have I got the scoop for you!
I’ve never considered specialized, high-end or spa-like body gels and lotions all that imperative for men to use. I mean I love a great smelling, well groomed man but I’ve always considered regular old fashioned products such as Irish Spring soap and Mitchum Deodorant completely acceptable. After all we’re the ones who want soft silky skin. They don’t need that, they’re men! Or so I thought…
That is until I got my hands (figure of speech…of course!;-)) on a man who used Jack Black Clean and Cool Body products. This man smelled incredible and he had no additional fragrance on. He said he simply uses the products in a gift kit he received for his birthday called Jack Black Clean and Cool Body Basics. I searched for it on the web and found out the products in the kit are full sized (as opposed to tiny little travel sizes that most kits offer) and also a better value than buying the items separately! As much as I’d like to buy the kit for a man…I’d prefer to get the man who’s already using it!
The kit includes:
• All Over Wash An amazing and freshly scented cleanser for face, body and hair!
• Cool Moisture Body Lotion Very large pump bottle of pure moisturizing bliss. Extremely light and non-greasy. Smells so clean!
• Industrial Strength Hand Healer The name says it all!
• Pit Boss Antiperspirant Deodorant Superior protection and incredible customer reviews!
Recently I’ve had a couple of friends ask me for tips on how to use mineral makeup. Karen and I have both raved about bareMinerals on Beauty Research but I do recognize that getting started is not easy. The reason I say this is because I struggled with it myself in the beginning. It’s just very different from conventional makeup and requires a different approach when applying. But trust me, once you master the application process, you will love it as much as we do.
So here are five tips on getting started with bareMinerals:
1. What product should be first on your list? Grab a bareMinerals Get Started Kit, an absolute essential for beginners. These kits are a great deal and will get you off to an excellent start. Finding the right shade isn’t obvious but the colors do morph nicely. The kits give you two different foundation shades so if you’re in your general color range, one of the two will work great for you. In the kit you also find an array of much needed brushes, the bareMinerals Mineral Veil and the bareMinerals Warmth All-Over Face Color in addition to the bareMinerals Skin Rever Upper. These are all fabulous products and are ideal for the novice.
2. How can you reduce shine when using mineral foundation? If you’re on the oily side, brush the bareMinerals Mineral Veil lightly and evenly onto your skin before applying foundation. It contains corn starch and will help to absorb and control shine throughout the day, keeping your foundation fresh looking.
3. How should you apply the foundation? When applying the bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation, start with a very light application. It’s easy to build color but not so easy to remove excess. You will get better sun protection with heavier coverage. Open the foundation container and tap a little bit of product into the lid. Take your brush and swirl the brush into the powder. Tap the excess off before you buff onto the skin in circular motions. You should not see any minerals on your brush when you apply. You definitely want to use either the bareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush or the bareMinerals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush for best coverage. A cheap drugstore brush will not give you the same finish. Trust me, I have tried and failed miserably!
4. How can you conceal especially difficult imperfections? If you need extra coverage in specific areas for imperfections like blemishes or broken capillaries, apply bareMinerals Summer Bisque with the concealer brush. Take a very small amount and lightly tap the product onto the skin until it’s blended. Once again, you can build the color if you need more coverage. This has been the best concealer for my broken capillaries. It really hides imperfections and stays put throughout the day. For extra holding power, mist lightly with the bareMinerals Moisture Burst Facial Mist after you’ve applied the foundation and concealer. This will set the minerals.
5. What’s the best way to get that pop of color on the eyes, lips and cheeks? When you’re ready to venture past foundation, opt for a bareMinerals Get Started Eyes Cheeks Lips. This kit is a brilliant idea since it takes the guesswork out of makeup color. Just choose the kit based on your skin tone and you’ll get the perfect shades. Make sure you stick to the tools in the kit and apply the shadows and blush sparingly. Once again, you can always build color if you don’t feel you have enough. The trickiest part is the eye liner. Take the bareMinerals Eyeliner Brush and dip into the Liner Shadow. Mist lightly with water or the Facial Mist and then sweep onto the lash line with quick, even strokes.
When it comes to bareMinerals, make sure you experiment and practice in the beginning so that you get the hang of it. Definitely don’t get discouraged if you don’t get the results you want right away. It took a little time for me to perfect the application process but I could not be happier with the results!
Yesterday was my niece’s 30th birthday so I sent her a little birthday picture text message. Of course I had to comment on the big 3-0 but also couldn’t resist mischievously attaching a little picture of her when she was a baby donning nothing but a little t-shirt with the words “all natural!”
She called back immediately with a “Thanks Aunt! That’s pretty funny!” However, as much as she appreciated the little birthday wish she quickly realized she was talking to Aunt Karen who is not only her wonderful Aunt…but more importantly her wonderful Aunt who knows all about and has beaucoup beauty products! LOL However, I have to say the segue’ was rather ingenious. She very wisely took her new milestone of a birthday and worked that right into her newly found fine lines and dark spots. Her main concern being the latter of the two.
Of course, I told her I would help with her concerns; but couldn’t help but ponder the fact that she mainly wanted the dark spots to go away. I say that because so many people don’t realize that’s virtually the number one concern in terms of anti-aging around the globe. More women are more concerned with discoloration and hyper pigmentation than wrinkles. I happen to be in the minority with the focus of my concern on wrinkles over any of my hyper pigmentation but the facts are that’s not how most women feel. Additionally, I’ve had many men complain about discoloration as well. More men ask me about what they can do about dark circles under their eyes and the spots on the backs of their hands than women do.
Anyway Julie says that the “melasma (she got during her pregnancy 6yrs ago) seems to be creeping back.” I told her that first and foremost sun prevention with a high SPF broad spectrum sunscreen/sun block is key. Additionally she should wear a hat or visor in the sun. However, a visor isn’t enough for many women and girls because the part in the hair can get severely burned and how often do we remember to put sunscreen on our part?
I decided that for Julie a hydroquinone product wouldn’t be ideal even though it’s very effective for hyperpigmentation. But for my little natural (half Italian-half Vegetarian…her self description when she was 6yrs old to a passenger seated near us on a plane) niece, potential toxicity wouldn’t be an option. So I thought of all my favorite skin brightening regimens and specialized discoloration products that were more organic in nature or more of a natural alternative to hydroquinone yet still are extremely effective.
Below are my picks for the best skin whitening regimens and products I’ve used or researched and highly recommend (additionally to the best of my knowledge they contain no hydroquinone).
SkinCeuticals Skin Brightening System
Best Moisturizer with lightening properties:
Nia24 Intensive Recovery Complex
Best for Dark Skin Tones:
RX for Brown Skin Absolute Radiance Intensive Exfoliating Serum
Best Whitening Night Cream:
Decleor Aroma White Night Cream
Best Brightening Cleanser:
Sothys W Foaming Cleansing Creme
Best for Dark Scar Marks:
Best Travel Kit for Hyperpigmentation:
IS Clinical Hyperpigmentation Travel Kit
Best Brand for their Whitening Line:
Wanna look smokin’ hot this summer? Then check out my list for the top ten beauty tools that will transform you from average to celebrity status gorgeous. Have you ever noticed how celebrities look brilliant on a hot summer day or night? Well it’s not what they’re wearing; it’s what they’re doing! For example, a fabulous pair of $400 patent leather sling back heels may be the cutest shoes you’ve ever laid eyes on but they only look stellar with a nicely pedicured foot. The same holds true for your skin and hair. You can be sporting the cutest outfit in the world, but it only looks smokin’ hot if your hair and skin are refreshed, healthy and brilliantly revitalized.
For the ultimate in beauty tools for gorgeous healthy skin and hair check out my top ten picks for the best gadgets to get you that stunning celebrity radiance.
1. Baby Quasar - Say good-bye to bacteria and hello to a clear, smooth complexion with Baby Quasar Blue. Welcome even-toned, younger looking skin with Baby Quasar Red.
2. Clarisonic PLUS Skin Care System with Spot Treatment – Achieve the ultimate in polished skin with this little appliance.
3. HairMax Laser Comb - Best gift to give your man! This FDA approved laser device is proven to promote hair growth and helps to prevent future hair loss.
4. ANSR Light Therapy Skin Rejuvenation Kit - Your complete and comprehensive answer to acne and anti-aging in a single all-inclusive light phototherapy device.
5. Silk'N SensEpil – Safe, effective, affordable and FDA cleared laser device that is easy to use (in your own home) for the removal of unwanted hair.
6. Evis MD – Two non-invasive LED devices which stimulate the natural healing processes of the skin. Specific wavelengths are used to target certain skin issues such as the preventative and corrective treatment for acne and for age related skin problems such as sun damage, wrinkles and loss of elasticity and discoloration. The blue device is specific to acne and the red device to anti-aging (including a 3-minute instant lift!).
7. NuFace Device – Anti-aging appliance that delivers gentle micro current impulses to the cells that firm the muscles of the face. It’s brilliant!
8. Metropolis Technology Z-Ion Zirconia Dryer- Best hair dryer you’ll ever own! It’s lightweight, adds health and shine to your hair that you didn’t know you had and cuts your drying time nearly in half.
9. Ted Gibson Professional Flat Iron- A flat iron that is so easy and effective to use your hair will look as though you just stepped out of the salon to the stars. Your locks will be brilliantly smooth. The word “Professional” in the name is an understatement!
10. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Rejuvenator Kit-The most user friendly, best priced dermal exfoliating device I’m aware of. Your skin will be refreshed, polished, luminous and revitalized quickly and easily! Neutrogena has a complete line of effective, results oriented skincare products!
11. Whoops! The Top Ten actually has Eleven! Emjoi Emagine Epilator- An effective hair removal device that pulls the hair from the root quickly and comfortably and lasts up to 6 weeks. Your legs are left silky smooth and the appliance has silver ion technology that has antibacterial properties. Extremely pleased users refer to it as “superb,” and “The Best Epilator Ever!”
OK…that was weird! I just had the most bizarre beauty encounter (for lack of a better word) I think I’ve ever had!
I’ve been so overwhelmed with work, house, finances and a rocky love life that I was getting no sleep and it’s almost as if all that stress was coming out of every pore and follicle in my body. Yes, follicle! My hair looked so dingy and dull and the texture completely felt like it couldn’t have been my own hair.
I have a few favorite life saving hair treatment masks that I’m sure I’ve told you about before but I had none today. Problem is I love conditioning masks and so I use them much more frequently than directed. So when I’m out I can really tell when I reach for some other random conditioner that my hair doesn’t feel or look the same. But more than that is the look of it this particular morning. If they needed a model for frizzy, unmanageable, dry and dull hair they could have used me today! But as I said I seriously believe the stress was the major cause. I guess it would make sense…one can certainly see the effects of free radical damage from stress on their skin so I suppose it could happen to your hair as well. I just had never thought of it that way before.
So as I was tearing through my drawers trying to scrape out any empty jars of hair treatments but to no avail, I knew I had to be creative. So many of the beauty tips I’ve learned and shared over the years have been from experimenting or trying one thing and by mistake learning another.
As I was putting on my life saving facial mask (face was showing the ill effects as well; in case I forgot to mention that!) I thought to myself “Hmmm…I wonder what would happen if I also applied my Juara Skincare Avocado Banana Moisture Mask to my dry hair and leave it on while the mask was on my face?” I figured it’s not like it could hurt. And besides my hair was begging for moisture (and the word's in the name) and the mixture looked pretty much like any hair treatment I’ve ever used…So I did!
Well as I was rinsing it out I loved how my hair felt. Additionally, it looked really clean and exfoliated…even really light in color even though it was wet. Usually my blonde hair looks much darker when it’s wet but this time it looked bright. Also I accidentally pulled a single hair and it kind of stretched. I thought it was kind of creepy like something was wrong with it but quickly realized the product actually fortified the tensile strength as opposed to just breaking right off where I had pulled it. I was excited and loved the way it looked right at the outset but when I started to blow dry…not so much! It felt dry and I wondered if the minerals in the bananas were too heavy for hair or something. Still I hoped. I stopped blow drying it and squirted a little Phillip B Lovin Leave In Conditioning Crème (my favorite because it’s lightweight) hoping that it would help but even still I just thought to myself…well at least I’m not going anywhere and I knew I could tell you guys about it even though at that point I figured I’d be telling you a horror story.
So I marched on and went ahead and took the flat iron to it feeling like that was about my only hope. Looked in the mirror and it was ok but not great. I went and got a glass of water, made my bed and grabbed a clip to put my hair up and back and when I walked back into the bathroom on that second take I saw brilliant golden locks! I have no idea why or how…but it looked great about ten minutes after the whole disaster. It’s soft and silky and I love it! I know this sounds too crazy to be real…but it’s the absolute truth. It really made my hair gorgeous; but only after a little bit of patience. Well that and that little squirt of Phillip B!
I guess it turns out that my hocus pocus beauty potions still have a little magic! Ya gotta try it!
I realized with my dry skin I'm always telling you guys about hydrating masks or radiance masks for sallow, dull skin. I love both of those so much. The hydrating masks give me the much needed moisturization and the radiance masks brighten my skin brilliantly but sometimes I only feel like doing a mask just to firm my skin. I've come to realize that the best masks to firm are masques that harden and the former usually are still kind of soupy when you remove them. So when I want to firm I head straight for a clay mask that is typically used for oily or blemished skin.
SkinCeuticals has always been one of my all time favorite brands and I would never be without my CE Ferulic serum and quite a few other SkinCeuticals Correct products! But when it comes to counting on firming up my skin I also use a SkinCeuticals product that wasn’t particularly formulated for firming.
SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque was actually formulated for the treatment of blemished, congested and oily skin. It's used to lift impurities from the pores (which it does extremely well), diminish pore size, lift away dead skin cells, soaks up excess oil, and wipes out acne and blemishes brilliantly. But that's not why I use it. I mean I love minimizing the size of my big ole stretched out pores and pulling off a ton of dead skin cells but my favorite reason for using it is the firming effect I discovered merely by accident.
I didn't get enough sleep one night and had a really important next day. I searched my drawers for a mask that was specifically used to firm up and tone the elasticity of the skin and didn't have a single one. I came across the SkinCeuticals Clarifying Masque and thought it would have to do. Besides I remember using a hardening mask as a professional firming treatment years ago so I thought just maybe I'd have at least a fraction of that same result. What I discovered was amazing. My skin was so firm and radiant that I just couldn't believe it. I used it just today for that specific purpose and once again was not let down. My skin firmed up beautifully and I told myself I just have to tell my blog readers about this cool little secondary use of product.
So when you're in the mood for a little (make that a lot of) lift you can count on SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque!
You’ve no doubt heard about Botox parties where women get together for food, drinks and some injectable wrinkle relief. They’ve been all the rage. But as Karen says, Botox parties are so last season honey. What’s the in thing this season? Laser hair removal parties! Yes, you heard me right. Anyone who’s content with their prickly pears should steer clear of the festivities. And what better time to throw a party than right before Valentine's Day?
In case you haven’t heard, women are going gaga over the Silk’n SensEpil, an at-home hair removal device. Laser hair removal has been available in dermatologists’ offices and medi-spas for years but now women can actually perform the same procedure at home.
So what’s the reason behind the party? Aside from the excuse for a get-together, the one downside of the Silk’n device is the high price tag. It retails for $499. While this is actually a great deal considering how much several profession sessions will run you, some women just can’t foot the bill. So there are resourceful ladies out there who have decided to split the cost of the device and arrive at the party with their own Silk’n SensEpil Refill Cartridge. How clever!
Effective hair removal calls for several sessions with the laser device so of course that means multiple parties. Aren’t we always looking for more reasons to throw a shindig?
It’s not hard to find fellow fur-bearing friends looking to rid themselves of unwanted hair in time for Valentine's Day so maybe it’s time to make some calls. Plan to grab some nachos, martinis and of course prepare to say adios to your body fuzz. You won’t see any pillow fights at this girl party!
Forever I’ve skimped on buying a really good toothbrush. You know how a lot of people have like ultra sonic ones or the best of the best you can buy even in the market? Well, I still was too cheap to buy a really good one. I would buy good toothpaste or whitening products but I wouldn’t pony up the money for a stupid toothbrush. I would seriously go to the dollar store and buy a pack of 5!
Well finally I started thinking, “why on Earth would I spend a fortune on toothpaste and buy the top of the line whitening products on the best websites when I spend a dollar on the toothbrush I’m applying the expensive stuff with?”
So I took the plunge and spent nine bucks on a Supersmile toothbrush. And sadly the motivation was because it was pink! But when I received it and tried it for the first time I couldn’t believe I was so toothbrush ignorant! It turns out that a good toothbrush makes all the difference in the World!
The Supersmile 45 Ergonomic (comes in green, blue and pink...and I like the pink!) is the most incredible toothbrush I’ve ever used. You can feel it reach areas that you’ve never reached before and the clean feeling when you’re through with brushing is so amazing. It’s so nice to actually brush a complete 2 or 3 minutes without a second thought. The five rows of bristles literally reach every nook and cranny in your mouth.
I’ve never had a cleaner more refreshed set of teeth and mouth in my life!
Have any of you ever tried Decleor Aromessence? I’m in love with Decleor Aromessence Essential Balm. It’s a 911 must-have when your skin is extremely dehydrated or used before bed as an incredible night cream. I love it when I’ve gotten a little too much sun or I’ve been exposed to any drying elements such as a long flight or other skin dehydrating circumstances (it’s extremely concentrated so remember a little bit goes a long way). Decleor Paris is a natural brand that fuses a holistic mix of essential oils and plant extracts into their incredible results oriented Decleor skin care products. Oftentimes we tend to lean towards strong glycolic and retinol products in which we feel a burn to help us feel as though it’s working when it may or may not be. However, the point is there are many ways to go about achieving great results. You do not necessarily have to use a harsh approach to obtain fabulous results. Using a more holistic approach with more organic ingredients is a gentler yet extremely effective way to get the results you desire. If you think about it medicine (meaning therapeutic drugs) is usually plant derived in the first place.
If you’ve never experienced aromatherapy I need to tell you you’re simply missing an incredible opportunity for achieving gorgeous luminous skin along with awakening the senses. Decleor defines it best when they say they “offer solutions that speak to your inner and outer beauty.”
It seems that when we talk about shaving on BeautyResearch.com, it usually revolves around men. So I’m feeling that women’s shaving products have been a bit neglected and I think it’s time to change that. It just so happens that Whish was kind enough to send us some products to try. Talk about perfect timing and what fun I’ve had in the bathroom this week!
A good shave starts with a great cream. Whish shave creams are a little unusual in that they don’t foam up like most shaving creams you’re probably used to. They are really more like a lotion. While the different texture takes a little getting used to, it does make for a good shave. You might just want to try leaving it on for a minute before you grab the razor. That will give the moisturizers a chance to soften the skin and hair. I noticed that Whish doesn’t use nasty chemicals so you nature lovers will really appreciate the paraben and sulfate-free formula.
The post-shave ritual is always tough for me because everything I do has to revolve around my self-tanner. My legs are very pasty and without a little faux glow, I can barely stand the sight of myself in shorts and skirts. Most of you should know by now about the importance of exfoliating prior to self-tanning. Sloughing off dead skin cells makes for a uniform tan with minimal streaking. Whish makes a delectable sugar scrub (I got the pomegranate and it smells delicious!) that really leaves my skin soft and smooth. I feel like there’s a light layer of moisture left behind after I rinse.
Because I self tan, I always have to use a moisturizer that doesn’t interfere with the chemical bronzing process. That’s where the Shave Savour Aftershave comes in. It’s a light moisturizing gel that inhibits hair growth so that I don’t have to shave as often. You can apply your self-tanner right over it with no problem. I have to say that this is not a super hydrating product so if you’re on the dry side or experience extra dry skin during the winter months, you might find that it’s not moisturizing enough for you. I find that when combined with the sugar scrub and my self-tanner, it’s perfect. What’s more, it’s been about five days since I’ve shaved and I feel like I have about a two or three day growth. Not bad!
I’m not the only one who has a great experience using these shaving products. Check out these Whish Reviews.
We always appreciate it when brands send us product to try so thank you Whish for allowing us to sample your goodies. It’s been a delight!
I just read my entry yesterday titled "Prettiest Beauty Package Ever Delivered" and I realized I forgot to mention two really important things. One is an amazing kit I had forgotten to mention (that I ordered and received in my package) and the other is the really good news I'll tell you about after I share with you the forgotten item.
The item I forgot to mention was the Ojon Shine and Protect Hair Ritual Kit. It includes travel sizes of Restorative Hair Treatment (regular size is 50 bucks). Shine and Protect Shampoo and Conditioner, Shine and Protect Glossing Mist and Leave-In Glossing Cream. It's seriously some of the best hair products on the planet and the kit is a less expensive way to try them.
The other important thing I didn't mention was the savings I got because of buying most of my items in travel kit and gift set packaging. I saved as much as I spent. Some of the items smaller of course; but even still, I got what I wanted and I saved $500 which is interesting because that is what I had intended to spend in the first place. My suggestion to you is to "kit shop." You will be gratified, get to try them and decide whether or not you want to buy full-sizes next time, and get to reap the rewards of getting them in your shipment. It really is an ideal way to shop the internet. I've never been happier with a purchase!
About two years ago I lost 500 dollars. I was devastated because I thought that possibly somebody had stolen it when I had gone out on the bay to kayak with my friends. I had 5 brand new 100 dollar bills. I don’t know why I kept it instead of depositing it into the bank; but I did. And sure enough a day or two later I realized it was gone.
It was in a little bank envelope thing and I could have sworn I put it in my dresser. But when I went to go get it a couple of days later for a trip to Nor Cal it was no longer where I was just sure I had placed it. I was devastated. I looked everywhere. But to no avail. A day or two later after searching high and low I succumbed to the sinking feeling in my stomach that it was gone for good.
I had thought about it quite a few times over the last couple of years but quickly told myself to not do the would’ve, could’ve, should’ve routine or I’d make myself sick.
After work one day a few weeks ago I decided to do more organizing and work on downsizing some of the boxes in my extra bedroom. I sat there arguing with myself about what to keep and what to throw away when I came across a little box that contained those little pogs that my girls collected about ten years ago. I had forgotten all about that prized collection and poured them out just laughing at what people collect. Some of the really valuable (a matter of opinion, LOL) were in little tube like containers made especially for precious pogs. When I poured them out of the tube out came the 5 one hundred dollar bills. I have no recollection whatsoever of putting it there, but apparently I did. What a cool surprise!!!
Of course immediately my wheels started turning about just how I was going to spend it. I struggled between “pay bills with it,” and “buy clothes or cosmetics and perfumes with it.” Well, no surprise, the latter thought won!
I went straight to some of my favorite websites to start shopping. The fact that the second room had been turned upside down was no longer of any concern. After all I could always throw away my used beauty products that I would be replacing which is organizing my bathroom!
So check out what I bought. I’ve never been so impressed with a box of goodies in my life. Not a single product has been a disappointment. Every single one of them has transformed my skin to that porcelain look that I always only thought celebrities could attain.
Below is my primo purchase.
Cosmedicine Best Skin Ever Normal to Dry Kit
$39 (smaller sizes of products below; a great way to try Cosmedicine)
• Healthy Cleanse Foaming Cleanser and Toner in One
• Medi-morphosis Self-Adjusting Exfoliator
• Primary Care Multi-tasking Moisturizer SPF20
Kinerase Pro Therapy Ultra Repair Kit
$125 (again smaller sizes of these Kinerase Pro Therapy products)
• Kinerase Pro Therapy Advanced Repair Serum
• Kinerase Pro Therapy Ultra Rich Day Repair
• Kinerase Pro Therapy Ultra Rich Eye Repair
Kinerase Pro Therapy Advanced Radiance Facial Peel
Sampar Good Weekend Kit
$40 (Best complete regimen travel kit ever made!)
Bare Minerals Free to be Naturally Classic Collection
$42 (Two gorgeous eye shadows, a shadow/liner, beautiful blush, and a lip gloss)
Elizabeth Arden Pretty Gift Set
$65 (Fragrance and Body Lotion)…Pretty! How apropos! What a great way to cap off my box of beauty treasures!
More Posts Next page »